Towson University and Others Help Residents Stay 'Art Smart'
Baltimore County gives new meaning to the phrase “art smart.” The county's colleges and universities help raise the cultural bar with enriching arts classes, workshops and performances – open to the entire community. Towson University Towson University, the second largest university in Maryland and the 12th largest public university system in the country, is a key contributor to this rich cultural mix. The university offers a wide range of arts programming for the community. The department of dance, for example, offers children’s program that brings hundreds of students from elementary to high school to the campus for classes and performances. Other cultural offerings include the Sounds of Summer, an annual performing arts series that brings professional music, dance and theaterto historic Stephens Hall on the campus each year. And the Asian Art and Cultural Center presents four programs each year that bring diversity in the visual arts to the campus and community. University of Maryland-Baltimore County The arts are also thriving at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which is known for its outstanding music department. Each year, audiences enjoy the department’s Contemporary Concerts Series and Faculty Recital Series, which present a wide variety of musical performances in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The UMBC Symphony Orchestra also performs regularly, as does Ruckus, the university’s professional contemporary music ensemble. The UMBC Concert Choir, UMBC Jazz Big Band and UMBC Chamber Players all present concerts for the community. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which performs in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, has been part of Baltimore County’s lively arts scene for more than two decades. Community College of Baltimore County Theater is the major draw at the Community College of Baltimore County, the only two-year school in Maryland to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater. The program gives the community a great opportunity to be exposed to live theater. Audiences also flock to the college’s Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre for five professional productions from June through August. The summer theatre series has been going strong for more than 30 years and recently received a Governor's Citation for its commitment to enhancing the cultural and spiritual lives of residents.